Category: episodes

Episode 023: Meet a Volunteer turned Professional Counselor turned Marriage & Family Pastor (a.k.a. Let’s Get Mental)

Episode 023: Meet a Volunteer turned Professional Counselor turned Marriage & Family Pastor (a.k.a. Let’s Get Mental)

Listen to “Episode 23: Meet a Volunteer turned Professional Counselor turned Marriage & Family Pastor (a.k.a. Let’s Get Mental)” on Spreaker.

Marty Graverson joins me on this episode to share his story and provide some important thoughts on mental health. There are three valuable conversations in this interview that apply to any of us in youth ministry
1.Empowering High Level Volunteers
2.Navigating and addressing mental health with our students and parents.
3.Navigating and taking care of our own mental health.

Be sure to check out the NEW sponsor to the show DYM University. If you haven’t, jump in our this online volunteer training course that 20,000 other youth ministry workers are already taking part in. By purchasing through this link, you actually help this show out! https://www.dymuniversity.com/a/10524/2Hn9zuot

Keep your eyes on Download Youth Ministry for a bunch of my new resources that are out or coming out in the next several weeks.

“The Questionator” uses Pick Me in Sidekick to randomly generate discussion questions you can use in your next gathering. https://www.downloadyouthministry.com/shop/the-questionator-volume-one

“Celebrity Mood Match” is a Sidekick game that is basically Poser for your face, and big-time celebrities are your guides. https://www.downloadyouthministry.com/celebrity-mood-match-game

“Making the Countdown Count” is a one-off message for when you are called into main service to preach. https://www.downloadyouthministry.com/making-the-countdown-count

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Episode 022 – Live From DYM200 with Kurt Johnston

Episode 022 – Live From DYM200 with Kurt Johnston

Listen to “Episode 22: Live from DYM 200 w/Kurt Johnston” on Spreaker.

Live from DYM 200, I am joined by a youth ministry legend!
In youth ministry since 1988, Kurt Johnston has been at Saddleback Church since 1997. Although he leads Saddleback’s kids and youth teams, he’s still a junior high pastor at heart. Kurt and his wife, Rachel, live in Southern California and have two adult children. Many would argue that Kurt literally wrote the book on Junior High Ministry… “Controlled Chaos,” which is coming out with a Revised and Expanded version on October 10, 2018 through youth cartel.
Pre-order or order here: https://theyouthcartel.com/product/controlled-chaos-making-sense-of-junior-high-ministry/

In this episode Kurt drops a ton of wisdom bombs on how to last at your church and in youth ministry. It was an honor to meet and talk with him. He’s the real deal, humble, encouraging and full of insight.

Keep your eyes on Download Youth Ministry for a bunch of my new resources that are out or coming out in the next several weeks.

“Celebrity Mood Match” is a Sidekick game that is basically Poser for your face, and big-time celebrities are your guides. https://www.downloadyouthministry.com/celebrity-mood-match-game

“Making the Countdown Count” is a one-off message for when you are called into main service to preach. https://www.downloadyouthministry.com/making-the-countdown-count

The Sponsor: http://givecentral.org
The Podcast on the Web: http://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com
THE PLACE for YM Resources: http://downloadyouthministry.com

The Socials:
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/mythirddecade
Follow on Twitter and Instagram @mythirddecade
Check out Derry’s resources on Download Youth Ministry:https://www.downloadyouthministry.com/shop?author=28
Email: derry@mythirddecade.com

Episode 020 – Meet My Favorite Intern

Episode 020 – Meet My Favorite Intern

Geoff Cocanower joins me for a conversation on internships. Geoff took part in all three types of internships we do at our church, and he was my first-ever resident intern, joining us for three years post-college to be trained up and take ministry responsibility before being launched out.

I love being a part of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network.
Check out My Third Decade’s Page and all the other DYM Podcast Network podcasts HERE.

Listen to “Episode 20: Meet My Favorite Intern” on Spreaker.

Episode 019 – You Asked Some Qs and I Have Some As

Episode 019 – You Asked Some Qs and I Have Some As

Thanks to Jordan, Erin, Tim, Monica, Kevin, and Anonymous for the great questions. I’d love to do more of these in the future, but I need questions. You can submit those by going to http://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com and click on the submit questions tab in the right corner. You can also email derry@mythirddecade.com or DM me through The Twitter, Instagram or Facebook Page.

I love being a part of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network.
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Listen to “Episode 19: You Asked the Qs and I Got Some As” on Spreaker.

Episode 018 – Meet a Former Student and Intern Who Got Married

Episode 018 – Meet a Former Student and Intern Who Got Married

Definitely my most controversial episode title to date, but it’s not as scandalous as it seems. Kory and Alison Lantz are a former student and intern who did get married. Kory was a part of the youth group and graduated in 2005. Ali came on as an intern in 2007. The two of them met in their college years. Today they lead an amazing youth ministry in South Bend, Indiana called Transformation Ministries.

In this episode we talk about the impact of being involved in a ministry marked by longevity, the challenges of sticking it out in urban ministry, the beauty and brokenness in the communities we serve, and about 20 other incredibly valuable insights for you.

I love being a part of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network.
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Listen to “Episode 18: Meet My Former Student and Intern Who Got Married” on Spreaker. 

Episode 017 – Meet a Student Impacted by Summer Camps

Episode 017 – Meet a Student Impacted by Summer Camps

This is a bonus episode. I recorded an interview with one of our Seniors talking about for a podcast we do with our church. In it, he talked about the impact our Summer Camps have had on him. I asked the student (Dawson) if he would be okay with me sharing our conversation with my youth ministry friends, and he gladly agreed.

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Listen to “Episode 17: Meet a Student Impacted by Summer Camps” on Spreaker.

Episode 016 – Meet My Ministry Assistants

Episode 016 – Meet My Ministry Assistants

Janelle Prenkert (my wife) and Kristy Mikel (a former student and mentee of my wife who turned into her best friend) are the two primary Administrative Assistants I’ve had over my time in my role. We sit down together and talk about our stories, why they love what they do, and best practices between the up front and behind the scenes team members.

I love being a part of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network.
Check out My Third Decade’s Page and all the other DYM Podcast Network podcasts HERE.

Listen to “Episode 16: Meet My Ministry Assistants” on Spreaker.

015 – Meet My Former Student Brad Bullock

015 – Meet My Former Student Brad Bullock

Meet Brad Bullock, one of the first students to say I was like a father to him (I was 25 at the time)!

Brad Bullock is a former student who met his wife in our youth group. He is now the youth pastor at Pathway Community Church in Fort Wayne, IN.

I love being a part of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network.
Check out My Third Decade’s Page and all the other DYM Podcast Network podcasts HERE.

Listen to “Episode: 15: Meet My Former Student Brad Bullock” on Spreaker.

013 – Meet My Replacement

013 – Meet My Replacement

Meet Tim Veenstra, the guy who took my job, and keeps taking it!

We are consistently coached to multiply ourselves or make ourselves replaceable as a leader in youth ministry, but what do you do when you meet the person you believe is supposed to take your position, but you don’t sense it’s time for you to step away from the church?

I love being a part of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network.
Check out My Third Decade’s Page and all the other DYM Podcast Network podcasts HERE.

Listen to “Episode 14: Meet My Replacement” on Spreaker.